NORCROSS, Ga., Oct. 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Galectin Therapeutics (Nasdaq:GALT), the leading developer of therapeutics that target galectin proteins to treat fibrosis and cancer, today announced that 10X Fund has exercised 300,000 common stock purchase warrants of Galectin Therapeutics at $3 per share for total cash proceeds of $900,000. The warrants were scheduled to expire on February 12, 2014. Following this transaction, the Company's total cash position is approximately $10.29 million and the total outstanding common shares are approximately 17.97 million.
"This warrant exercise underscores the 10X Fund's confidence in Galectin Therapeutics, our management team, and the Company's commitment to advancing our lead compounds in liver fibrosis and cancer," said Peter G. Traber, MD, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer, Galectin Therapeutics Inc. "This transaction, along with recent investments, securely positions the Company to advance our development programs, including the Phase 1 clinical trial of GR-MD-02 in patients with fatty liver disease with advanced fibrosis."
10X Capital Management and its biotech-focused 10X Fund were co-founded by James C. Czirr and Rod D. Martin, both serving on Galectin Therapeutics' board of directors. Mr. Czirr serves as Executive Chairman and Mr. Martin as Vice Chairman.
About Galectin Therapeutics
Galectin Therapeutics (Nasdaq:GALT) is developing promising carbohydrate-based therapies for the treatment of fibrotic liver disease and cancer based on the Company's unique understanding of galectin proteins, key mediators of biologic function. We are leveraging extensive scientific and development expertise as well as established relationships with external sources to achieve cost effective and efficient development. We are pursuing a clear development pathway to clinical enhancement and commercialization for our lead compounds in liver fibrosis and cancer. Additional information is available at www.galectintherapeutics.com.
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Galectin Therapeutics Inc.
Peter G. Traber, MD, 678-620-3186
President, CEO, & CMO